Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

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Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

California

(530) 895-6144

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Overview

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. John Bidwell was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician and philanthropist. Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell, the daughter of a socially prominent, high ranking Washington official, was deeply religious, and committed to a number of moral and social causes. Annie was very active in the suffrage and prohibition movements.

The Bidwells were married April 16, 1868 in Washington, D.C. with then President Andrew Johnson and future President Ulysses S. Grant among the guests. Upon arrival in Chico, the Bidwell's used the Mansion extensively for entertainment of friends. Some of the guests that visited Bidwell Mansion were President Rutherford B. Hayes, General William T. Sherman, Susan B. Anthony, Frances Willard, Governor Stanford, John Muir, and Asa Gray.

When constructed, Bidwell Mansion featured the most modern plumbing, gas lighting and water systems. The overall style of the three-story brick structure is that of an Italian Villa, an informal, warmly romantic style. The building's exterior is finished with a pink tinted plaster.

Map of Bidwell Mansion (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.732708, -121.843987

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Guided tours are required to see the inside of Bidwell Mansion. A fee is charged for tours. The visitor center is open Mon. - Wed. 12-5 and Sat. & Sun. 11-5. Tours start at 12:00 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tours are held every hour, with the last group leaving at 4:00 p.m. For group tour reservations, call the park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is possible on the grounds.

Seasonality/Weather

Spring is mild and often wet. Summer temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees. Fall and winter days range from the low 40s to the mid-70s. The mansion is climate-controlled.

Directions

Driving

From Highway 99: Take East First Avenue exit and head west. Turn Left on Esplanade. The Mansion is located on the right hand side of the road at Memorial Way and Esplanade.

From Highway 5: Take Highway 32 exit at Orland east 20 miles to West Sacramento Avenue. Turn left (east) onto West Sacramento Avenue to The Esplanade where you turn right (south).

Phone Numbers

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(530) 895-6144

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